During the fall, bass like to move around from one hump to the other during the day. Find the right hump, and you could have some fantastic bass fishing.
The best humps are in river-run reservoirs where some current is present. Usually, they will be on top of the hump and extremely aggressive during power generation.
When flow subsides, they drop back to the deeper sides and ends and are less likely to hit a bait. These humps are also great places for night fishing.
Flats are another hotspot to fish during the fall. Try the biggest main lake flats and fish the deepest edge right where it drops off into open water. Fall bass will gather on this edge and move up onto the flat to feed but drop back and suspend when a front passes. The absolute best fishing occurs when schools of baitfish gather on these flats.
Fall Crappie Fishing Strategies
You may be thinking about the upcoming hunting season, but don’t forget that fall is also an excellent time for crappie fishing.
As the water cools, crappie will begin to move from their deep water summer hangouts to relatively shallow water at about 6 to 12 feet, and they can be pretty aggressive.
The best time to fish is prior to a major cold front, and you should find them in shallow water, filling up their stomachs for the upcoming winter.
As the front passes, expect them to move back off the bank, possibly back to their deep water dropoffs.
I like to use jigs in the fall, but if you're finding it hard to get them to bite, try minnows. When crappie get tight lipped, you put a minnow in front of their face, and they have a hard time resisting it.
Hunting camp will be even better when you serve up a bunch of golden fried crappie.